Wyoming Wrestling Falls to Cal State Fullerton 21-16

Feb. 3, 2007

FULLERTON, Calif. -

Cowboy wrestling dropped a tough match to Cal State Fullerton 21-16, Friday night in Fullerton, Calif. With the loss, the Pokes fall to 2-9 overall.

"We fought hard tonight," said UW head coach Steven Suder. "We had a great shot to win and if any of three matches would have gone our way we would have. I felt like our guys really proved something to themselves tonight. All season we have been talking about improving and not worrying as much about wins and losses but instead focusing on getting better. I think we made some big steps tonight. If we can carry on with the foundation we are building, we are going to be just fine."

In tonight's featured match, Cowboy junior Carter Downing led Fullerton's Morgan Atkinson, the eighth ranked 149-pound wrestler in the nation, 7-1 before Atkinson was forced to injury default and hand the match to Downing. With the win, Downing improves to 28-7 overall.

Other wins for the Pokes came from junior Bryan Bernal in the 174-pound weight class, redshirt senior Sam Wendland at 197-pounds and redshirt freshman Nick Ramirez in the 125-pound bout. Bernal beat Ryan Budd 5-3 in an overtime thriller, Wendland beat John Drake 4-1 and Ramirez beat Jamie Hernandez by major decision 21-10.

The Cowboy grapplers will wrap-up their weekend tomorrow in Orem, Utah as they dual with Utah Valley State at 5 p.m.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 21, WYOMING 16

Fullerton, Calif. (Titan Gym)
165 - Bryan Tice (CSF) dec. Kyle Morrow (WYO), 6-3
174 - Bryan Bernal (WYO) dec. Ryan Budd (CSF), 5-3 (ot)
184 - Scott Judd (CSF) dec. Dan Barrone (WYO), 6-1
197 - Sam Wendland (WYO) dec. John Drake (CSF), 4-1
HVY - Wade Sauer (CSF) tech. fall Jason Still (WYO), 15-0 (5:46)
125 - Nick Ramirez (WYO) maj dec Jaime Hernandez (CSF), 21-10
133 - T.J. Dillashaw (CSF) dec. Cory VomBaur (WYO), 3-2
141 - Teddy Astorga (CSF) maj dec Garrett Desmond (WYO), 11-3
149 - Carter Downing (WYO) def. Morgan Atkinson (CSF), injury default
157 - Paul Tice (CSF) dec. Dane Fuhrman (WYO), 6-3